School of Materials Science and Engineering - BS/MS PROGRAM
Current undergraduate students may participate in the BS/MS Program offered by the School. Georgia Tech undergraduate students may be admitted into the program after completing a minimum of 30 semester credit hours (and no more than 75 hours) at Georgia Tech and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher at time of application. Both the application fee and the GRE test score are waived. Students need to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA when receiving the B.S. degree in order to be converted into graduate student status and must continue immediately into the M.S. program in order to qualify for the 6 semester-hour “Graduate Course Credit” option, http://catalog.gatech.edu/academics/undergraduate/credit-tests-scores/undergraduate-students-taking-graduate-courses/.
30 course hours required, of which 21 hours must be at 6xxx (9 hours can be at the 4xxx level):
- 6 hours of core courses (MSE 6411 and MSE 6412)
- 12 hours of MSE approved electives (see list below)
- 12 hours of electives
The BS-MS Program allows eligible students to use up to six credit hours of graduate-level MSE courses (or MSE approved courses) for both BS and MS degrees. A maximum of 12 hours graduate level courses can be taken as a BS level student, but only 6 hours can double towards the MS.
No core courses used for graduate credit may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. However, up to three credit hours of elective course work may be taken Pass/Fail, and applied toward the degree hour requirements.
Approved ‘core’ BS/MS courses:
Core Courses Hours Description
MSE 6411 (Fall) 3-0-3 THERMODYNAMICS
MSE 6412 (Fall) 3-0-3 STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS
MSE Approved Elective Courses (not limited to):
MSE 6010 Functional Materials
MSE 6105 Diffraction Studies
MSE 6110 Transmission Electron Microscopy
MSE 6120 Quantitative Characterization of Microstructures
MSE 6130 Surface Characterization
MSE 6403 Kinetics of Phase Transformations
MSE 6404 Scattering Theory
MSE 6405 Advanced Nanomaterials
MSE 6406 Corrosion of Materials
MSE 6407 Biological Properties
MSE 6510 Polymers for Electronic and Photonic Applications
MSE 6600 Advanced Polymer Processing
MSE 6602 Tensor Anal and Math Tech
MSE 6750 Preparation & Reactions of Polymers
MSE 6751 Physical Chemistry of Polymers in Solutions
MSE 6752 Polymer Characterization
MSE 6755 Theoretical Chemistry of Polymers or Statistical Mechanics
MSE 6768 Polymer Structure, Physical Properties
MSE 6774 (MSE/BMED): Biomaterials: Structure and Function
MSE 6776 Integrated Low-Cost Microelectronics System Packaging
MSE 6777 Advanced Biomaterials
MSE 6795 Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Techniques in Materials Science
MSE 6796 Structure-Property Relationships in Materials
MSE 7140 Impedance and Dielectric Spectroscopy
MSE 7420 Solidification Processing
MSE 7771 Mechanics of Polymer Solids and Fluids
MSE 7772 Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
MSE 7774 Fatigue of Materials and Structures
MSE 8803A Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
MSE 8803C Advanced X-ray Diffraction
MSE 8803 E Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion
MSE 8803HG Statistical Mechanics of a Heterogeneous Media
MSE 8803I Fundamentals of Nanomaterials & Energy
MSE 8803M Biomaterials Properties
MSE 8903 Special Problems
ME 6104 Computer-aided Design
ME 6124 Finite-Element Method: Theory & Practice
ISyE 6739 Basic Statistical Methods
CHEM 6172 Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 6181 Chemical Crystallography
CHEM 6283 Electroanalytical Chemistry
CHEM 6382 Computational Methods in Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM 6752 Polymer Characterization
CHEM 6572 Macromolecular Structure
MATH 4347 Partial Differential Equations I
MATH 4348 Partial Differential Equations II
MATH 4255 Monte Carlo Methods
Additional requirements include:
- 3.5 GPA for Admission into the BS/MS program
- Completed at least 30 credit hours (not more than 75) at Tech, as an undergraduate student and apply for admission before completing junior year. Applications from students with more than 75 earned hours are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Apply online at the Graduate Admission website (no application fee): http://www.gradadmiss.gatech.edu/apply-now
- 3.0 GPA at completion of Masters.
- Two of the required courses for M.S. may be used to satisfy free elective credit in the 4th year of study under the B.S. program.
- A permit is required to register for 6000+ level courses. Permits can be obtained by emailing Dr. Renita Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Program of Study form due senior year
- Degree petition is due term before graduation, http://www.registrar.gatech.edu/students/deginfo/oag.php
A: The MSE BS/MS academic program is designed to attract highly motivated undergraduate students, especially those who demonstrate an interest in, and an ability for, additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree.
A: MSE undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher may apply to the BS/MS program after completing at least 30 semester hours (no more than 75) at Georgia Tech. Applications from students with more than 75 earned hours are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
A: No. The GRE is not required for students who participate in the BS/MS program. This is one of the major benefits of the program.
A: All application materials for the BS/MS are online. Apply at the Graduate Studies website: http://www.grad.gatech.edu/apply-now.
A: Nothing. There is no application fee for the BS/MS. This is one of the major benefits of the program.
A: Only one letter of recommendation is required. The online application will ask for the Referee's name & email address, and the application system will automatically contact the referee for the letter.
A: Students admitted into the MS graduate program are not provided with financial aid. Exceptions are only possible where faculty have a specific requirement for a MS student on a research project.
A: DegreeWorks has no display option for the BS/MS. You will fill out a proposed program of study with the MSE Academic Offices that you will keep for your records and use as your guide.
A: Students in the BS/MS program will remain undergraduates until they meet the requirements for the BS degree after which time their status will change to graduate. This process usually takes place sometime after the last set of undergraduate classes have been registered for and the Registrar’s final degree audit done.
A: Students participating in the BS/MS program will complete the Non-Thesis option, however, MS without thesis students can take a special problems (MSE8903 – P/F) course for research experience.
A: Yes. Students completing both a BS and MS in the same discipline at Georgia Tech may use up to 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in the major discipline for both degrees. To qualify for this option, students must complete the undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete the master’s degree within a two-year period from the award date of the BS degree.
A: No. Even if you decide to take coursework that would be eligible to count towards your MS degree, you are only allowed to double count 6 hours (2 classes) towards both your BS and MS degrees.
A: Yes, you can double count MSE 4699 towards your BS and MS degrees. This is allowed for both the thesis and non-thesis MS options.
A: Yes. As an undergraduate, you are eligible to take extra classes that are not counted towards your BS that can be used towards your MS. This is common for students who only need 1-2 classes during their final semester. These students can take up to 6 additional hours (2 classes) and have them count only towards their MS degree.
A: Undergraduate students can move a maximum of 12 hours from the BS level towards the MS degree. This includes the 6 hours of double counted classes, plus up to 6 additional hours of classes that did not count towards the BS.
A: No. Under no circumstance will a student be allowed to bring more than 12 hours over from their BS degree. This includes the 6 hours of double counted classes, plus up to 6 additional hours of classes that did not count towards the BS.
Q: Do the grades I receive in graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate factor into my graduate GPA?
A: No. The grades you receive in graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate will only count towards your undergraduate GPA.
A: The MSE Graduate Handbook has a list of approved electives that you can choose from. Once you have identified the courses you would like to take you will need to work with your BS advisor to ensure that the courses are annotated in the notes section of DegreeWorks.
A: 12 graduate coursework hours can be taken as an undergrad and applied toward the 30 hours required for an MS non-thesis. The 6 hours that may be double counted for BS/MS students cannot be used to satisfy the required undergrad concentration, but can satisfy 6 hours of undergraduate free electives. These double-counted hours can be MSE 4XXX or 6XXX (and above) and are not required to be cross-listed.
A: You can count at most two 4XXX level courses for your MS. Students can double count 2 classes (6 hours maximum) towards the BS and MS degrees. In MSE, this can be either free electives or MSE electives (at the 4000 or 6000-level).
A: With prior approval from the MSE Academic Offices, 4XXX or above courses may be selected from almost any major at Georgia Tech. Management courses are also allowed with approval.
A: You are welcome to submit your program of study to the MSE graduate office anytime during your senior year, before you enter into the MS program. The program of study can be modified as many times as necessary if there are conflicts or scheduling issues. Your program of study must be submitted by your first semester in the MS program at the very latest.
A: As an undergraduate student you need a registration permit to sign up for graduate coursework. You will talk to the undergraduate advising manager, currently Dr. Renita Washington, in MSE to submit an override request and then work with the Registrar to get permission to take 6000 (and above) level classes before graduating with your undergrad degree. The Registrar’s permission can be obtained by emailing: email@example.com.
A: No, however, MS without thesis students can take a special problems (MSE8903 – P/F) course for research experience.
A: Students are required to start the MS program immediately after completing their BS degree. The only exception to this is summer semester. Students who graduate in the spring are allowed to take summer semester off and start in the fall semester. If you need to defer your admission outside of these rules, you will need to apply to the MS program through the regular admission process.
FORMS (choose one of the following)
- If double counting up to two (2) courses for the BS /MS degree: (BS/MS Program of Study - PDF)
- Not double counting any courses for the BS/MS degree: (MS Prog of Study - PDF)